Local administrators, educators, and service providers are essential to supporting positive outcomes for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. The Educators and Service Providers Resource page includes resources from the U.S. Department of Education and Department-funded projects that local programs and individuals may find helpful.
IDEA Related Centers
The Department’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) supports projects that provide information and technical assistance to a wide audience of early intervention and special education stakeholders in order to strengthen programs and services to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
Information and assistance from these OSEP-funded projects are available free of charge.
OSEP provides discretionary grants to higher-education institutions and other non-profit organizations to support:
- Research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination
- Technology and personnel development
- Parent-training and information centers
Local schools, programs, administrators, educators, and service providers may find the following OSEP-funded centers’ resources useful when helping to provide high-quality services and supports to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities:
The IDEA Data Center focuses on data requirements under Sections 616 and 618 of the IDEA, including data focused on programs for infants, toddlers, and their families (Part C) and on programs serving children ages three through 21 (Part B).
Resources include videos, discussion guides, PowerPoints, and steps-to-get-you-started to implement the SWIFT framework.
IDEA Topic Areas
OSEP, along with other department offices, federal agencies, and OSEP discretionary funded-grant recipients, provide numerous IDEA-topic area resources.
For federal resources for IDEA stakeholders on college- and career-readiness standards, tool kits, topic issues in education, intervention IDEA briefs, and a resource library, visit OSEP IDEAs That Work.
For more specific resources on a variety of IDEA topics, visit the Topic Areas resource page. This resource page includes information and resources from the Department, other Federal agencies, and Federally-funded technical assistance centers.
The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.
OCR does not enforce the IDEA; however, OCR does enforce the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title II rights of IDEA-eligible students with disabilities.
OSERS’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) oversees grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of supports such as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.
For more on RSA’s programs, visit RSA.
The Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network) brings together a broad range of education initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Visit the CC Network for access to more than 700 resources developed by 23 centers and information about more than 200 projects across the country.
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- Check out OSERS’ Blog for stories from practitioners in the field, parents and families, students, and more!